Abstract: Considered a brilliant tool due to its simplicity and adherence to the experience of practical life, Bion’s concept of the container/content effectively describes the dialectic identity/difference upon which the process of psychic growth rests. The mind develops if, thanks to another mind, it becomes capable of transforming proto-emotions and proto-sensations, the newness that bears news of internal and external environment in continuous evolution, through forms of thought which are both “semiotic”/corporal and logical/rational. The author illustrates this dialectic with examples taken from cinematography and with a clinical vignette. The central thesis of the article is that the emotional work required from the analyst is to “suffer” understanding.

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